Published: Tue, June 11, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

India World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh announces retirement from global cricket

India World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh announces retirement from global cricket

Yuvraj, who has not been a part of the Indian team for quite some time, has been contemplating retirement from worldwide cricket and rumours are rife that he might pursue a career as a freelance cricketer in various ICC approved foreign T20 leagues.

The left-handed batsman last played global cricket in 2017 and has retired with 1,900 runs and nine wickets in 40 Test matches, 8,701 runs and 111 wickets in 304 ODIs, and 1,177 runs and 28 wickets in 58 T20Is.

Yuvraj Singh hanged his boots from worldwide cricket on Monday as he announced his retirement in an emotional press conference at Mumbai.

Yuvraj further added that he would not like to comment anymore at the moment as the Indian team is in the midst of a World Cup but added that he will speak up when the time is right. He has played with the same passion all these years. "Love u brothaman you go be a legend", Yuvraj wrote in his reply to Rohit's tweet. Yuvraj's heroics both by bat and on field has been significant for much of Indian cricket team's success at home and overseas.

Yuvraj, who played the last of his 304 one-day internationals two years ago, was a key cog in India's World Twenty20 triumph in 2007 and was player-of-the-tournament at the World Cup four years later.

A few weeks later, Singh was diagnosed with a rare lung cancer.

After getting the news of Yuvraj's retirement, Team India vice-captain Rohit Sharma posted a heartfelt message for the elegant southpaw, tweeting: "You don't know what you got till its gone". Thank you for taking the time out to be here and to support me. We would visit hospitals and get his test done alone and it was after a month that his friends and fellow cricketers visited him.

"I finally made my comeback in one-day cricket after three years in Cuttack on 19th January against England in 2017". Cricket has given me everything I have. At the 2014 IPL auctions, Royal Challengers Bangalore bought Yuvraj for an all-time high price of Rs 14 crore and in 2015, the Delhi Daredevils bought him for Rs 16 crore making him the most expensive player ever to be sold in the cash-rich league. He debuted for global cricket when he was selected for ICC KnockOut Trophy in 2000. The left-handed batsman played in 132 matches in his IPL career and scored 2,750 runs and took 36 wickets. I prayed during the match and later when he made 84 runs against Australia, he called me and he was very excited. I want to enjoy my life.

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